P.O. Box 1338 Washington, DC 20013

35th Annual Conference and Concert

KanKouran 2018 FlyerHundreds of participants from across the country will visit the nation’s capital, Washington, DC from August 31 – September 2, 2018 to partake in three days of intense workshops in traditional African dance and drum, taught by master dancers and drummers from Mali, Senegal, Liberia, the Congo, and Guinea.

Workshop Instructors & Performing Guest Artists

Mabiba Baegne, Fode Bangoura, Mariama Basse, Marie Basse-Wiles, Fode Camara, Mouminatou Camara, Idy Ciss, Kadiatou Conte, Souleymane Diop, Zak & Naomi Diouf, Madiou Diouf, Medoune Yacine Gueye, Youssouf Koumbassa, Assane M’Baye, Babacar M’Baye, Babacar N’Diaye, Cheikh N’Dong, Balla Sy, Brigo Gueye, Abdou M’Baye, Mar Gueye, Magette Sow, Oumou Faye, Elhadji Mbor Faye, and KanKouran’s own, Assane Konte.

KanKouran West African Dance Company was founded for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences; enriching American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African performing arts; and promoting intercultural understanding. This year’s conference and concert, THE SPIRIT LIVES ON!, celebrates 35 years of fulfilling our mission of “…giving back that which was lost.”

Conference Site

Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-408-4870 Map & Directions


Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm  |  Lisner Auditorium  George Washington University, 730 21 st Street, NW (202) 994-6800

To purchase conference tickets, click “Buy Tickets/Join the Guest List” below.


Registration Deadlines

Early Bird Tickets: $15 (by 7/31, 11:55 pm ET)
Advance Tickets: $20 (by 8/25, 11:55 pm ET)
At the Door: Dance/Drum Classes $25.00; Children 16 and under $15.00

*Workshop/Class Tickets do not include concert tickets


#KanKouran2018 vending options will be announced by July 15, 2018.

For additional information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at kankouran.org/annual-conference. If you require further assistance, please contact the registration team at info[AT]kankouran[DOT]org.

2018 CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (click “Buy Tickets/Join the Guestlist” above)

Accommodations/Host Venue

Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 877-782-9444 Map & Directions

For reservations call 800-774-1500 (use conference code “KKW” when making reservations)

Early bird room rates: $109 (single/double rooms)

Cut-off date for early bird room rates is July 31, 2018

Beginning August 1, the hotel will accept additional reservations at $159 (single/double rooms); subject to availability.


Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Lisner Auditorium

George Washington University, 730 21 st Street, NW (202) 994-6800

Tickets [General Admission]: $25.00

[$20, veterans, seniors, children 16 & under and students w/ valid ID)


Tickets will be available at www.gwutickets.com

…and at the following outlets

Blue Nile Trading Co. (202) 232-3535

2826 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Salon Obsessions (301) 565-4247

1315 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD

Samari Hair Salon (703) 769-9288

407 South Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22204


Press Release

Download Press Release for KanKouran’s 35th Annual Conference and Concert

For conference and/or concert inquiries, contact Eurica or Ali at (202) 518-1213